Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Altered Alice, Chapter 1: Alice Growing Thaumatrope

CHAPTER 1 Challenge - Week 1: Changes in form and dress forms!

"Alice crouched down among the trees as well as she could, for her neck kept getting entangled among the branches, and every now and then she had to stop and untwist it. After a while she remembered that she still held the pieces of mushroom in her hands, and she set to work very carefully, nibbling first at one and then at the other, and growing sometimes taller and sometimes shorter, until she had succeeded in bringing herself down to her usual height.
It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it felt quite strange at first; but she got used to it in a few minutes, and began talking to herself, as usual. `Come, there's half my plan done now! How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another!"
-- Chapter 5, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Well, just like Alice we have been through a change in location and changed form from weekly to monthly, but the challenge chapters remain familiar despite all these puzzling changes!

To reflect all these puzzling changes, the challenge is to make something that features a dress form, OR to make something that changes in form!
While it is not required that your project include Alice in Wonderland, we do encourage it.
And now for the big news - STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS is sponsoring our first challenge!
I decided to make a Thaumatrope for this Challenge.
If you don't know what a Thaumatrope is check it out here:
I used a free image from:
With a little bit of snipping, jig-saw piecing and glue I managed to shrink Poor Alice's neck back down to 'normal'.
The Circle is a damaged CD,

edges inked (Stampin'Up!),

holes punched with a Crop-o-dile

and then added some lovely 'Alice Blue' ribbon (unknown source).

We tried to film it spinning, but our camera is not so fantastic with videos, it looks MUCH better in the flesh (plastic-paper-ribbon-ink...?).
But you get the idea with Alice 'changing' growing up & down, up & down...

Short Alice:
Tall Alice:Growing Alice:

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